New GGC student center to house bookstore and dining hall

Within the next year, Georgia Gwinnett College will look more and more like a traditional college campus with a new student center joining the new library – scheduled to open next summer – and the residential housing, slated for occupancy next fall. The new student center, which will house an expanded bookstore and new dining hall, is expected to be open for business when students return to campus in August of 2010. The Georgia Board of Regents approved the land lease/purchase agreement last week at their monthly meeting.

Within the next year, Georgia Gwinnett College will look more and more like a traditional college campus with a new student center joining the new library – scheduled to open next summer – and the residential housing, slated for occupancy next fall. The new student center, which will house an expanded bookstore and new dining hall, is expected to be open for business when students return to campus in August of 2010. The Georgia Board of Regents approved the land lease/purchase agreement last week at their monthly meeting.

“It looks like the crane is replacing the Grizzly bear as our official mascot, but they are here only temporarily – for the next 10 or 12 years,” GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman said today with a laugh. “We are very pleased with the progress we are making as we continue to grow the college through academics and our ongoing infrastructure projects.”

The student center, which will adjoin the new library via an outdoor plaza with seating and a water element, will house the 700-seat dining hall that will feature an assortment of food items including pizza, salad, soups, sandwiches, a variety of Asian-inspired dishes, Mexican fare and hot meals with a daily assortment of meat, vegetables, fruits and breads. There will be a variety of cost-effective meal plan options and the dining area will maintain flexible hours to accommodate student needs.

The Barnes and Noble Bookstore will be twice as large as the current locale – approximately 5,000 square feet – and will house all of the necessary student textbooks, books for pleasure and GGC logo gift items including sweats, t-shirts, baseball caps, pens, notebooks, stuffed animals, license plate holders and key chains.

Additionally, the 70,000 square foot facility will house the Georgia Gwinnett Student Affairs Offices and will include high-tech audiovisual equipment such as high-definition video projection and displays for digital advertising, a game room, and a retail store stocked with convenience items such as toothpaste, soap and food items.“The student center is the final piece of phase one of our building plan,” GGC Vice President of Business and Finance Eddie Beauchamp said. “Our new library, student housing and now the student center have rounded out our campus giving it that true college feel. Once these buildings are complete, we will move into the second phase which will include more dorms and a state-of-the-art allied health building.”

The student center will have silver-level certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The LEED system encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and adopted tools and performance criteria.

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